Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Terry Jones in Dearborn Lawsuit

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DETROIT-U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood ruled Friday that the City of Dearborn has violated another First Amendment right, in its efforts to deal with anti-Islamic extremists, who have emerged on numerous occasions in recent years to protest against the City's large Muslim population.

According to Judge Hood, the City and Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad violated the First Amendment in April 2012, when Jones and his group, Stand Up America Now (SUAN), had planned to protest in front of the Islamic Center of America (ICA).

Jones was aiming to speak to the public and denounce "Shariah law," which he believes is practiced within the City's government. Jones, better known as the Quran burning pastor from Florida, caused an uproar in 2011, during his initial visit to Dearborn to protest against the religion.

To avoid the chaos that was created during his initial visit, the City attempted to take some precautionary measures for Jones' scheduled visit to the ICA, which took place on April 7, 2012, on the Holy Saturday for the Christian faith and the day before Easter.

Because of the ICA's location, which is near the border of both Dearborn Heights and Detroit, the Dearborn Police Department collaborated with Dearborn Heights Police, Detroit Police and the Wayne County Sheriff's Department during the day of the event, to ensure public safety.

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